Posts Tagged: self-image

Body Image Warrior Week: Rosie Molinary

This post comes from Rosie Molinary, author of two amazing books about body image and a fabulously inspiring blog. Rosie is as insightful as she is compassionate, and  her courage and strength inspire me on a regular basis. Read on for Rosie’s contribution to Body Image Warrior Week:

An Announcement

Years ago, there was an ad (Nike?) that I just loved. It read:

You are born. And oh, how you wail! Your first breath is a scream. Not timid or low, but selfish and shattering, with all the force of waiting nine months under water. Your whole life should be like that: An announcement. read more

Body Image at the Gym

This post about body image and gym mentality got me thinking. Author Elissa had read that many women avoid engaging in physical activities or sports due to self-consciousness or negative body image, and described her own feelings of apprehension and worry while running on a gym treadmill. She said:

Negative body image can have a huge impact on exercise. We all know how important it is to be active – the merits of physical activity include strengthened muscles, stronger bones, decreased stress and better sleep. But it’s no surprise that so many women feel uneasy in an environment where bodies are seemingly on display. Whether the discomfort comes from working out in front of men, the fear that they’re being compared to other women, or the disdain to be seen perspiring and red-faced, it’s there, and interferes in efforts to get healthy and stay active. read more

One Bold Move

still beautiful

In 2010, I entered a contest. The charge was to explain in 500 words or less one bold action that could make the world truly value the diversity of female bodies. I didn’t win (obviously), but I am still proud of my entry. And should I ever have the power and means to implement it on my own, you can bet your ass I’ll do it.

For the record, I don’t think this is the ONLY bold move, the BEST bold move, or even an ESSENTIAL bold move to changing perceptions surrounding female bodies. But it is one that I feel I could personally spearhead, and one that I think could have tremendous impact. On the surface, it oversimplifies some important issues, but it also pries them open for examination and discussion. Or could, anyway. read more